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The Grandfather Paradox: a time-travel story by [Burgauer, Steven]
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" . . . a rip-roaring science fiction adventure storythat will resonate with SF readers on multiple levels, The Grandfather Paradoxproves another highly enjoyable read from Burgauer and is strongly recommended."
        --BookViral, John Reese, February 6, 2017
 
 
A Highly Original Time TravellingScience Fiction Novel
 
As with any popular genre, science fiction has its share ofclichés and anything relating to time travel is certainly one of them.  Far too often novels with time travellingthemes seem cobbled together from half-baked ideas with overly complicatedplots so it's always refreshing to come across something a little different.  Burgauer always brings a certain zeal andelement of social commentary to his novels and though The Grandfather Paradoxis a step change from previous works this is still very much in evidence alongwith his ability to create a strong visual contrast between his futuristiccharacters and their incongruous settings.  Particularly notable is the way in which hehas weaved Mormon beliefs into the tapestry of his narrative and theconsideration he has given as to how these beliefs might change in a futurescience fiction world setting.  This isone of the softer elements, along with the inclusion of historical figures suchas Mark Twain, that distinguishes Burgauer's novel from harder Science Fictionand in doing so makes it highly relatable without becoming overly embroiled inthe contradictions of time travel.
 
Simply telling a rip-roaring science fiction adventure storythat will resonate with SF readers on multiple levels, The Grandfather Paradoxproves another highly enjoyable read from Burgauer and is strongly recommended.
 
bookviral.com/the-grandfather-paradox-a-tim/4593590569
 

First,watch the short video book trailer, then read the review . . .
 
youtube.com/watch?v=XO1PwyFffBk
 
Inthis brilliant new science fiction adventure, veteran storyteller StevenBurgauer weaves an intricate narrative bristling with technological insightsand historical detail.
 
And,along the way, he spins a good old-fashioned space opera about a stranded trioof female clones, a man with a mission rooted in the past, and a sweepingjourney across time and space to put an end to a genetic curse.
 
Inthe opening pages of this tale, Captain Andu Nehrengel, the victim of a mutinyin deep space, finds his way to a nearby planet to discover giant, carnivorousparrot-beasts and -- astonishingly -- human footprints close by.  He follows these footprints and winds up asthe prisoner of three gorgeous female clones -- the sole surviving members of anexpeditionary band of Mormons dispatched from Earth more than two centuriesearlier to establish a new colony.
 
Thingsprogress in a satisfactory manner -- at least for Nehrengel.  The trio has never seen a man before and -- well,let's just say they are delighted to finally meet one.  However, on a trip back to recover batteriesfrom his downed ship, the bird-beasts attack and kill two of the tripletsbefore Capt. Nehrengel can lay waste to the avian attackers.
 
Heartbrokenand now alone, the surviving clone -- named Prime Alpha -- cozies up to Nehrengeland agrees to go with him on a trip back in time to try and change history.
 
Butbefore you say: "Been there, done that on a million time-travel storiesbefore," hang on.  This one delves deepinto uncharted fictional waters for one of the most imaginative plot twists we'veseen in years.
 
Afteracquiring a space-worthy ship, Nehrengel and his lovely new friend set theirsights on a place Prime Alpha has never seen -- the storied home world she has onlyread about: Terra.  Soon the lovelyblue-white ball is growing in their forward viewscreen -- Planet Earth, circa1861.
 
InPart 2 of this exciting adventure, Nehrengel and Prime Alpha -- now going by thename of Margaret -- find that they have miscalculated a key component of theirjourney and must adjust their plans to contact the object of their trip -- Nehrengel'sgreat-great-granduncle Byron Matthewson -- and correct a calamitous wrinkle inthe fabric of time.
 
Alongthe way, they sail on a riverboat, discover that Alpha/Margaret can put hertelepathic powers to profitable use in a friendly game of poker, meet an Americanwriter of some fame -- Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain -- and becomeembroiled in the terrible conflict that was the American Civil War.
 
"Ithas been said that war is the continuation of politics by other means.  This was unquestionably the case with theAmerican War Between the States.  Not foranother five hundred years -- not until the Great War -- would more American bloodbe spilled for less reason."
 
Somepassages of this novel are purely poetic in their power to convey a sense ofscene to the reader.  Nowhere is thispower more clearly on display than in the section in which Andu -- playing thepart of a Union soldier in search of his kinsman -- gets caught up in the fray:
 
Can they do it? Can they alter time to suit theirpurposes and survive all the adventures they encounter?  Pack your things and tag along as Andu,Alpha/Margaret and the venerable Sam Clemens get themselves into one seeminglyinextricable situation after another on the way to a surprising and satisfyingconclusion.
 
Fivestars to The Grandfather Paradox.  It's a saga worth savoring, from beginning toend.
 
publishersdailyreviews.com/grandfather-paradox-time-travel-story-steven-burgauer/

" . . . readers who like hard science in their sciencefiction are rewarded . . . Burgauer weaves everything together in a complextapestry of actual history along with speculative science fiction.  The result is a very engaging, oftenphilosophical epic crammed to the gills with twists and turns that span bothcenturies and light years.  Highlyrecommended."
        -- Dr.Wesley Britton for BookPleasures.com, January 27, 2017
 
Video Book Trailer -- youtube.com/watch?v=XO1PwyFffBk
 
In 2016, I had the pleasure of reviewing two of StevenBurgauer's novels: the World War II set Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou and thestory of a Neanderthal family in The Night of the Eleventh Sun.  Both books were very different in both styleand substance.  And neither is reallycomparable to the achievement of The Grandfather Paradox.
 
For one matter, both of Burgauer's previous stories werefairly well locked into specific places and times.  Not so The Grandfather Paradox.  While the book's subtitle signals a timetravel adventure, it takes some time, as it were, for this element of the storyto be introduced.  In fact, the book isreally two books sandwiched together.
 
The book opens with Andu Nehrengel captaining a spaceshipexploring a remote part of the galaxy.  Then his crew mutinies and forces him off theship in a small runabout which crash-lands on an alien planet.  There, Andu has to survive attacks by largecarnivorous alien bird-beasts before he meets three beautiful female humanclones who are also marooned on the planet.  Andu learns the clones are the lone survivorsof a Mormon ship that had been set out to find a new home for the church.  On the clones' ship, Andu learns much morewhich leads him and one of the beautiful clones to leap through both space andtime to, in part, find the gene that will correct a deadly virus Andu iscarrying.
 
Along the way, readers who like hard science in theirscience fiction are rewarded with in-depth theoretical discussions that makecloning, time travel, and space exploration understandable and plausible.  For some, perhaps the physics lessons mightseem to bog down the story.  For me, Ifelt I was being educated while going along with the fantastic and veryunpredictable events.  After all, thewhole thing starts lightyears from earth before taking us to a steamboat on theMississippi River where a young Mark Twain becomes a central character.  Then Burgauer takes us to the 1862 battle ofShiloh where Andu searches for the ancestor with the untainted genetics heneeds.
 
Part two of the book is very much centered on Henry Morgan's-- the name Andu uses in 1861 -- friendship with Twain as Burgauer pretty muchretells the 19th century author's early biography, lifting whole passages fromTwain's writings, especially Life on the Mississippi.  While the book remains very descriptive anddetailed, everything is far different from what came before.  But Burgauer weaves everything together in acomplex tapestry of actual history along with speculative science fiction.
 
The book's title comes from a concept argued as far back as1931 about any historical inconsistencies that might occur if someone went backin time and killed their own grandparent, ostensibly resulting in the demise ofthe time traveler.  The entire idea oftime travel has been debated logically as to what implications might arise fromany changes to known chronology, and a good overview of the literature anddebates on the "grandparent paradox" can be found at:
 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandfather_paradox
 
Of course, Burgauer's take isn't to kill anyone in the pastbut rather to get uncorrupted DNA from an ancestor to save one of hisdescendants.  The result is a veryengaging, often philosophical epic crammed to the gills with twists and turnsthat span both centuries and light years.Highly recommended.
 
goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/14603710-book-review-the-grandfather-paradox-a-time-travel-story

"an interesting and intriguing work . . . that willkeep many reading straight through to the very end.  Author Steven Burgauer clearly has anextremely creative mind, and a great ability with world creation, a skill thatis paramount in the genre of science fiction.His writing is clear and his characters are vividly drawn."
        -- ReadersFavorite, January 26, 2017, Tracy A. Fischer
 
In an interesting and intriguing work by author StevenBurgauer, The Grandfather Paradox is a book that will keep many readingstraight through to the very end.  Followthe story of protagonist Andu Nehrengel as he careens from the 25th centurythrough history, including to the American Civil War, where he and his band offemale clone companions visit the horrendous Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862,meet Mark Twain, and join the Confederacy.  When they return to Mars and the 25th century,Andu needs to prepare himself to fight off the ferocious bird-beasts ready tomake them their next prey.  Will whatthey learned in the past help them in their present?  You'll have to read the book to find out!
 
I enjoyed The Grandfather Paradox.  Author Steven Burgauer clearly has anextremely creative mind, and a great ability with world creation, a skill thatis paramount in the genre of science fiction.  His writing is clear and his characters arevividly drawn.  I certainly enjoyed hisdescriptions of the environments in the future as well as those that took placeduring the time of the American Civil War.  While there were areas in the book where theauthor seems to wander a bit from the main story line, most readers who enjoyscience fiction will find the overall read to be one that is well worth it.
 
I am pleased to be able to recommend this book, and willcertainly look into reading more from author Steven Burgauer when I am able todo so!
 
 
readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-grandfather-paradox

" . . . a rip-roaring science fiction adventure storythat will resonate with SF readers on multiple levels, The Grandfather Paradoxproves another highly enjoyable read from Burgauer and is strongly recommended."
        --BookViral, John Reese, February 6, 2017
 
 
A Highly Original Time TravellingScience Fiction Novel
 
As with any popular genre, science fiction has its share ofclichés and anything relating to time travel is certainly one of them.  Far too often novels with time travellingthemes seem cobbled together from half-baked ideas with overly complicatedplots so it's always refreshing to come across something a little different.  Burgauer always brings a certain zeal andelement of social commentary to his novels and though The Grandfather Paradoxis a step change from previous works this is still very much in evidence alongwith his ability to create a strong visual contrast between his futuristiccharacters and their incongruous settings.  Particularly notable is the way in which hehas weaved Mormon beliefs into the tapestry of his narrative and theconsideration he has given as to how these beliefs might change in a futurescience fiction world setting.  This isone of the softer elements, along with the inclusion of historical figures suchas Mark Twain, that distinguishes Burgauer's novel from harder Science Fictionand in doing so makes it highly relatable without becoming overly embroiled inthe contradictions of time travel.
 
Simply telling a rip-roaring science fiction adventure storythat will resonate with SF readers on multiple levels, The Grandfather Paradoxproves another highly enjoyable read from Burgauer and is strongly recommended.
 
bookviral.com/the-grandfather-paradox-a-tim/4593590569
 

About the Author

Avid hiker, Eagle Scout, and founder of a mutual fund, Steven Burgauer resides in Florida. A graduate of Illinois State University and the New York Institute of Finance, Steve writes science fiction and historic fiction. A member of the Society of Midland Authors, Steven is included in The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 2 and the ALA’s Librarian’s Guide to Cyborgs, Aliens, and Sorcerers. Burgauer’s The Road to War: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture is based on the journals of an American WWII infantryman who landed at Normandy, was wounded and taken prisoner by the Nazis. Publishers Daily Reviews says of it: Five-plus unequivocal stars . . . an extraordinary read that everyone should enjoy. Some of his SF titles include The Grandfather Paradox, The Railguns of Luna, The Fornax Drive, and SKULLCAP. Other books of his include The Night of the Eleventh Sun, a Neanderthal’s first encounter with man, and The Wealth Builder’s Guide: An Investment Primer. His work has been reviewed in many places, including LOCUS, the EUREKA LITERARY MAGAZINE, PUBLISHERS DAILY REVIEWS, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, THE BOOK REVIEWERS, BOOKVIRAL, and PROMETHEUS, the journal of the Libertarian Futurist Society. Science Fiction Chronicle (June 2001) says of his The Railguns of Luna: Steven Burgauer writes old style science fiction in which heroes and villains are easily identified, the action is fast and furious, and the plot twists and turns uncontrollably . . . Of his book Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou, The Book Reviewers write: “An engaging, slow-burning wartime thriller with an epic feel and a large cast of characters.” Midwest Book Review writes: “In a war that rips apart entire worlds, who can truly be the winner? Add a dash of romance to the intrigue for a solid World War II thriller that’s intricate, frighteningly realistic, and hard to put down.” When Steven lived in Illinois, the State of Illinois Library included him in a select group of authors invited to the state’s Authors’ Day. He has often been a speaker and panel member at public library events and science-fiction conventions all across the country. Video Book Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQs2pwr89RI His websites are: http://sites.google.com/site/stevenburgauer http://midlandauthors.com/burgauer.html http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/384410.Steven_Burgauer https://www.undergroundbookreviews.org/author-spotlight-steven-burgauer/ https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadToWarDutyandDrill

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  • File Size: 871 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Battleground Press; 1 edition (January 16, 2017)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MR40744
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